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Joplin Kanban Plugin

This a plugin for the note taking app Joplin, which adds a flexible kanban board view for your notes, to help you organize your tasks.


In Joplin, go to Tools > Options, then on the left select Plugins, search for "kanban" and click install. You can read more about Joplin plugins here.


To get started, you'll need a notebook which will contain all tasks that you want to see on the board. The plugin will only show tasks in a single notebook and it's sub-notebooks.

A kanban board is defined by a special type of note, which contains all of its configuration. Create a new note, and paste in the following:

  - name: Backlog
    backlog: true
  - name: Work in progress
    tag: wip
  - name: Finished
    tag: done

It is important that the confiuration is surrounded by a code block (```kanban ... ```), otherwise it won't be detected.

After pasting the configuration, you might have to switch to a different note, then back, but then you should immediately see a kanban view pop up on the right. It should contain all notes in the notebook, sorted into columns. You can drag the notes around and see that their tags are updated.

If you switch to a different note that's on the board, the kanban should stay visible. But if you switch to another notebook, or restart Joplin, you'll need to first open the note which contains the configuration again.


There are two ways to configure a kanban board: the YAML based text config (a quick intro on YAML), that you see above, or the config dialog. The options available are the same with both methods.


You can have any number of columns on your kanban board. A column is defined by its name (which must be unique) and a list of rules. These rules determine what notes show up in the given column. If any one of the rules matches, the note is sorted into the column. Here's the list of supported rules:

  • tag: ... Matches if the note has the given tag. If the tag doesn't exist, it is created automatically. You can also use tags to define a list tags.
  • notebookPath: ... Matches if the note is in the notebook, defined by the path. You can read more about notebook paths below, in the filters section.
  • completed: true Matches if the note is a todo and is marked as done. You can also use completed: false to match uncompleted todos.
  • backlog: true Matches if the note doesn't fit into any other column. You can use this to collect all your unmarked notes.

You can edit these rules via the config dialog, by double clicking the column name.


Filters are rules which define what notes should be visible on your board. For example, with the following config only notes with a task tag will show up on the kanban view:

  tag: task

Filters can contain the same rules as columns, except for the rootNotebookPath property. This defines the notebook from which notes are displayed on the board. By default, it is the parent notebook of the config note, but you can set it to anything. It's a / separated path so with a notebook structure like

├─ Nested Parent/
│  ├─ Kanban board/

To give the path to Kanban board you should write "Parent/Nested Parent/Kanban board"

To edit the filters via the config dialog, click the gear icon next to the board name.

Further information

If you want to know more about the workings of the plugin or its development check out the original proposal and the progress reports

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